Battling PTSD through Meditation: An Interview with Vetitation’s Erik Younger

PTSD is a problem.  I think everyone, across all sides of the aisle and walks of life, can recognize that. Perhaps we are too quick to force pills down our veteran’s throats or they self medicate at the bottom of a bottle. Regardless, the problem is not going away, so it’s up to everyday heroes to find a solution.  A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to “sit down” (via email) and get some answers from an emerging bastion of hope for veteran’s battling PTSD: Erik Younger.  And Vetitation is his answer.

Erik founded and currently runs Vetitation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization “Dedicated to helping veterans find peace from PTSD by learning and practicing meditation.”  Vetitation provides veterans with an opportunity to attend the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, where they learn all about treating their anxieties through meditation.  Vetitation picks up the full tab (transportation and lodging!) while the recipients participate in weekend long seminars for  “Meditation Weekend” and “Weekend Within.”

Eagle Nation Podcast, with Erik Younger

If you pay close attention to some of the world’s top performers, you may notice a common thread.  Many, if not most, of them credit meditation as a key to their success.  Erik Younger is an Army Veteran of Desert Storm, a husband of 27 years, and firm believer in the power of meditation.  In fact, he believes in it so strongly, that he founded Vetitation, a nonprofit committed to helping Veterans find peace through the power of meditation.  In week’s podcast, we dive into Erik’s personal journey and discovery of the practice and discuss ways that anybody can start, and benefit from, meditation.  Over the course of the conversation, we talk about the common misperceptions about meditation, where to start, resources that can help, and how his organization can support.

Erik also has a great TEDx Talk where he lays out the challenges of post-traumatic stress, Veteran suicide, and how he was about to battle both with meditation.

We hope this episode will help to demystify a tool that can be of tremendous help to Veterans, and all of us.